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CROWN POINT — A police sergeant breaking up a fight found a police commander at the bottom of a pile of people punching and kicking at someone Saturday, court records say.

Michael J. Kurek Jr., 31, of Hobart, is accused of putting the commander in a choke hold as the commander was attempting to arrest someone else on suspicion of resisting law enforcement.

The officers were working security after a bus returned to the 1700 block of East 37th Avenue in Hobart from a Crosstown Classic baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cubs, according to police and Lake Criminal Court records.

Most of the people in the group appeared to be intoxicated, Capt. James Gonzales said. 

The commander had some swelling to his face the following day, but neither officer was treated for any injuries, he said.

The sergeant told the group getting off the bus to quiet down and leave, court records say. A short time later, he realized several people had moved farther down the parking lot and were fighting.

The sergeant began pulling people from a pile and found Kurek on top of the commander, records state. The sergeant attempted to put Kurek in a wrist lock and pushed Kurek up against a vehicle, but Kurek fought and the sergeant fell to the ground. 

The sergeant's elbows and knees were scraped, and his glasses were knocked off his face, according to court records. The commander identified Kurek as the person who put him in a choke hold as he was attempting to handcuff someone else.

Kurek was charged Monday with felony strangulation and two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement. He posted a $2,000 cash bond Tuesday and has an initial hearing set for July 22.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Kurek.

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